Claire wanted to be a writer since reading Enid Blyton as a child and particularly enjoyed making up scary stories to frighten her little sister. After gaining a BA (Hons) in Journalism, she started her career on a local newspaper and then worked at various press agencies writing for national newspapers and magazines.
In 2004, she set up her own features writing agency writing true-life stories for women’s magazines, while attempting novels in her spare time. Her third attempt won the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award. The novel, The Sisters, was published by HarperCollins in Spring 2015. Her second novel, Local Girl Missing, was published by Penguin in Summer 2016 and became a Sunday Times bestseller which has sold over 85,000 copies. It placed in the German Bestseller charts for 6 consecutive weeks, peaking so far at Number 3.
The paperback edition of her new novel, Do Not Disturb, was published in the UK by Michael Joseph in August 2018.
Claire Douglas is represented by Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens Ltd.